Abbott Brothers Letters 1852
 
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 PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS1

WRITTEN BY VARNUM ABBOTT2
TO MARGARET AND CEPHAS CLARK3

Lowell4 April  th 1852

Respected parents I now set down to
let you know that my health is
first rate and I hope that these
lines will find you the same –
I had a letter from Jonas5 about a fortnight
ago he was well and the same place
I have had the measles I think that
I shall go to work to morrow it 
has been a weak since I left work they
went cazy with me.  I drinked three
pints of gin and it drove them out
first rate so I shall go it a gain
I suppose that it would be a good
time now for me to come up to get
some shugar6 but it get along with
out the shugar this year but I should
like to see you more than I want the
shugar but il make the pen do so il
write I should like to know how aunt
hannah was and how fordy folks get
a long with their hired help this is
rather for writing and il close
           prety son

  1This letter is part of the Abbott Brothers Collection at Philadelphia College 
      in Pennsylvania.  Transcribed by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 
      Center for Lowell History.
  2Varnum Abbott b: 1834, VT; parents: Margaret H. King and Jonas Varnum 
     Abbott; stepfather: Cephas Clark; employed 1852-1854: Lowell, Massachusetts.
  3Parents - Margaret and Cephas Clark, Glover, VT.
  4Lowell, Massachusetts.
  5Brother - Jonas Abbott b: 1848, Glover, VT; parents: Margaret H. King and 
    Jonas Varnum Abbott; stepfather: Cephas Clark; employed 1852-1854: 
    Lowell, Massachusetts.
  6Maple Sugar.
 
 
 
tell dolly7 to be a good girl
and I send my respects to her
and hope that she is ruged
I have a lot to write but not
of much consequence.

The rest next time I send
my respects to all so I remain the
Same yours respectfully  Varnum Abbott

           Margaret & Cephas Clark

Write as soon as you get
this write how all folks do

           Worthen St 75
           Merrimac
           Lowell
           Mass

So good bay sometimes im 
a good a mind to come up and slay
 

  7Sister – Dorothy “Dolly” M. Abbott b: 1841, Glover, VT; parents: 
     Margaret H. King and Jonas Varnum Abbott; stepfather: Cephas Clark.
 

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